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Renewable Jobs Are Growing 12 Times As Fast As the U.S. Economy

Based upon findings in a new report published by the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program, renewable energy appears to be a significant factor in the recent resurgence of the United States economy. 

The report estimates that wind and solar jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the U.S. economy, with 46 percent of large businesses hiring new staff to address sustainability issues over the past two years.

Furthermore, the report also revealed that roughly 600,000 jobs in wind energy have been added to the economy in the last five years, with “wind turbine technician” being named as the fastest-growing profession in the nation.

These findings stand in stark contrast to the fossil fuel industry, which saw a -4.5 percent compound annual growth rate for employment over the same period due to the declining price of oil and natural gas during this time frame.

Liz Delaney, the program director at EDF Climate Corps, explained why renewables are poised to continue driving the economy: “Our findings would lead us to believe that the right place to invest dollars [is] in renewable energy rather than fossil fuels.  These jobs are widely geographically distributed, they’re high paying, they apply to both manufacturing and professional workers, and there are a lot of them.”

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Investing in renewable energy is no longer just about achieving cost savings or addressing environmental concerns.  The American economy is thriving largely as a result of the growth of the renewable energy industry.  Help your bottom line, the environment and your community at large by investing in a wind or solar energy system for your business today.  To get started, check out ConEdison Solutions.  

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